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Don't Go Digging Up What God Already Buried

Photo by Charlie Deets

About a month ago, I found myself scrolling through my facebook timeline where I stumbled upon a post made by a good friend of mines. The initial post was made by the Cayon SDA Church’s facebook page. The post was entitled; God doesn’t want you bringing dead cats to his door. Now I admit that this kind of heading would catch anyone’s attention. Using the bible verses of Philippians 3:13-14 which says; Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
As the basis for the message, a story was then told of a man who was driving down an old highway out in the country when he accidentally ran over a cat. He then pulled over and inspected the cat, which sure enough was dead. He then looked and saw a house in the distance at the top of a hill. He took the dead cat to the door and knocked. An old lady answered the door, and he said, “I am sorry ma’am is this your cat?”
“Well it was she responded.” The man told her how sorry he was that he had just hit and killed her cat. She forgave him and they both took the cat to the backyard and buried it. A few weeks later the man found himself driving past the house again. The terrible memories came back again, and he drove up to the house, went in the backyard, dug up the dead cat and took it to the front door again. When the lady answered, he started telling her all over how sorry he was! She reminded him she already forgave him and she helped the man bury the cat again. A few more weeks went by and the man found himself driving by the house again and once again was overcome with grief, and went and dug the cat back up and took it to the house. By this time the woman was fed up and ordered him to stop bringing the dead cat to her door!
The fundamental message of this story is to simply say don’t go digging up what grace has buried. This could apply to many different aspects in our lives. Whether we go running back to our past fears and experiences because of our anxiety, or because we’ve adopted the detrimental habit of finding comfort in negative experiences to feed our depressive state.
If by grace God has given us the ability to survive and overcome certain mountains in our lives, if we’ve fought assiduously to get where we currently are; how can we do this disservice to ourselves and run back to that which has left us broken? Part of growth and strength and the beauty of living, truly living, is to press forward, to move from our old ways and relish the new and the unknown; with clear consciences and a fervor for life.

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